National Zinfandel Day

In celebration of National Zinfandel Day on November 18, here's a list of our 94-point American zinfandels, tasted over the past year.

94 | Ravenswood

Price: $25
Grape Varietal: Zinfandel
Region/Appellation: Sonoma, US
Imported by Ravenswood, Sonoma, CA

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2012 Russian River Valley Belloni Vineyard Zinfandel Ravenswood winemaker Joel Peterson has worked with Belloni Vineyard since 1991, a site planted around 1900 with an unusually high proportion of mixed blacks, particularly the red-fleshed alicante bouschet. In 2012, the vines produced the apotheosis of Russian River zin: a cool, minty aroma sets the tone, sinking through layers of refreshing blue fruit, savory sage and olive skin toward tannins that feel pulled from fissures in rock. It’s zinfandel at its most sophisticated and cool rather than sweet and obvious, a wine to lay down for a decade or more as it ages toward silky, pristine integration. (1,400 cases) —Luke Sykora

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